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History of Christianity II: The Reformation Period
The Revd Dr Jim West

Subject Overview
This course is the second in the BD (Honours) programme that together provide a thorough and connected overview of the history of Christianity. It focuses upon the years 1517-1600 which, taken together, may be taken to include three distinctive subjects for the Church: the Reformation in continental Europe, initiated by Luther and others and establishing Protestant churches particularly in German and Swiss states and cantons; the English Reformation, leading to the establishment of the Church of England; and Rome’s Counter Reformation which, with the arrival of the Jesuits, has particular significance in the Far East.
NB: this course addresses HISTORICAL questions, although some theological consideration is inevitable. Each course will focus upon one of the three distinctive subjects. For illustration only, the course content offered in 2013-14 was: Luther & Lutheranism 1517-30.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the major questions associated with the Reformation Period, how those questions affected the development of Christianity, and how they might be understood today;
  • Exercise some ability to criticize those questions and to understand the historical texts and contexts related to them;
  • Develop the skills necessary to collect material from primary and secondary sources and to present that material orally and in written form coherently and intelligently;
  • Develop the skills necessary to write critical essays addressing the subject matter studied.